Author: Dora

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I might have liked Ptolemaic Egypt …

Cleopatra is a name that conjures up visions of a siren wearing elaborate gold headdresses, fine linen, and thick kohl eyeliner. Generally, I think of her as a boon to dark haired women at...

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Spiritual versus Religious

This summer, at the inaugural conference of the Mormon Chapter of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy* held at USC, James Burklo**, Associate dean for Religious Life, posed the question: Are you spiritual or religious....

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Namaste

Namaste. A simple enough word. Three syllables. Short vowels. Before traveling in Nepal, it was just a word that everyone uttered at the end of yoga class. Now, it’s a whole new way to...

Sifting Gold 4

Loving thy neighbors … as themselves

Generally, I’m a likeable person. Or maybe I should say that I’m not a very dislikeable person. I tend to be thoughtful, quiet and respectful, and try for understanding and empathy over shouting my...

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Like sand through the hourglass …

Lately, I’ve been thinking about time. No, not in the loft space-time-continuum, or deity-time-versus-human-time, or even time-left-until-death. No, I’ve just been thinking about how I use (and waste) time in my day to day...

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Learning to scale back

Earlier this month, I helped some old friends stage their home, in order to get higher offers. It was not an ideal situation. They had bought about a year ago. Very nice place. They...

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Our Changing Bodies

I’ve been thinking a lot about my body lately. And not just the usual must-do-more _______ (fill in the blank with any of the following: sit-ups, core training, aerobic exercise, weights), or hair maintenance...

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A visit with Cordelia

The other week, my mother called me. “Do you think we can go and visit Cordelia? I talked with her the other day, and I think she’s very lonely. Maybe we can go out...

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The WE canvas

Posted by Dora There are two rules when you come to visit my home. First, take off your shoes and store them in the hall closet. If your socks are holey, there are some...